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Justin Bieber Owes Hamilton PD

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   “Bieber Fever” hit western Illinois hard when pop star Justin Bieber decided to spend the night in Hancock County.

It turns out… he took a little something extra with him when he left:  a bill from the local police department.

More than 200 fans gathered near the ten-thousand dollar per night mansion where Bieber stayed in Hamilton at the end of June.  The town has just 3000 residents, so it might be about the same size as Bieber’s entourage.

          Police Chief Robb Bell says he had to call in the entire department… that’s four people counting himself… to keep people safe as they tried to see Bieber

The final price tag for his department, $2000.  

“I assume we are going to have to eat this money… the taxpayers will… but I did send a bill to his record label and his tour manager," he said.  

If the bill gets tossed in the trash, it will be up to Hamilton residents to shell out a little more money for the honor of hosting the multi-millionaire pop star for a night.   As for those wondering what he thought of his visit… no one knows.

The mansion where he stayed is listed on AirBNB but with no reviews.

Jason is the Southeast Iowa News Correspondent. He established Tri States Public Radio's news bureau in Keokuk in September 2003. The bureau has moved from his apartment to the Hotel Iowa before landing in its current location at the Daily Gate City newspaper at 1016 Main. Jason provides short- and long-form news coverage from southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri, and portions of west-central Illinois. Jason covers multiple governmental boards including the Keokuk City Council, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and the Burlington School Board. Jason was born in Burlington, IA and grew up in neighboring Henderson County before graduating from Monmouth High School. He graduated from WIU in 2002 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Communications and History. While in Macomb, he was a member of the WIU Track & Field team, serving as Captain during his senior year. Jason received his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2003. He and his wife Jamie have called Quincy home since 2007. They have two dogs (Howie and Sadie), one nephew, one neice and several god-children. During Jason’s free time, he enjoys watching sports, spending time with friends, playing fantasy football and traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife.